Nov 18, 2008
Drilling Intersects 253 Grams Gold/Tonne (7.4 Ounces/Ton) Over 1.5 Metres (4.9 Feet) True Width In Ember Vein
Drill-testing of the recently discovered Ember vein on Bitterroot Resources Ltd.'s (symbol BTT, TSX-V) 55%-owned Mineral Creek BC, property has intersected a continuously mineralized, 4.5 metre long high-grade core interval (1.5 metres true width) which grades 253.6 grams gold/tonne (7.4 ounces gold/ton), including one 0.5 metre-long interval which returned 719 grams gold/tonne (21 ounces gold/ton). Detailed drilling results are summarized in the table below.
The discovery outcrop of the Ember vein is located approximately 120 metres south of the Linda adit. At the outcrop, the Ember vein has a true thickness of approximately 0.5 metres and was located by tracking gold-bearing quartz float material uphill and digging through overburden. Three chip samples taken across the lower, middle and upper parts of the exposed part of the Ember vein returned assays of 29.9, 41.6 and 69.7 grams gold/tonne (or 0.87, 1.21 and 2.0 ounces/ton gold).The Ember vein appears to be parallel to the Linda vein and is similarly comprised of a series of stacked, en-echelon gold-mineralized quartz-carbonate lenses and veins which trend up and down-hill from the discovery outcrop.
In the 2008 field season, 2,865 metres in 16 holes were drilled in the Linda zone from three set-ups. The best results received to date are from the third and final set-up (summarized in the table above), where eight drill holes tested the Ember vein and adjacent parts of the Linda veins. Results from the final five holes are pending. Earlier in the field season, 3,588 metres in 12 holes were drilled in three separate parts of the Gap Fault zone. This drilling intersected several narrow intervals (0.2 -0.5 metres true width) grading from 0.78 to 3.8 grams gold per tonne). Drilling has ceased for the winter, but additional drilling of the Ember vein and adjacent targets is planned to resume in the spring of 2009. Detailed results from the 2008 drilling program will be posted on the Company's website (www.bitterrootresources.com).
In August and early September, a 360 line-kilometre VTEM airborne geophysical survey was flown over most of the Mineral Creek property. Upon completion of data processing, the survey will provide magnetic and electromagnetic data which will be used to define additional gold and base metals targets.
Bulk Sampling Update
Construction of a preliminary test-milling circuit to process +200 tonnes of mineralized rock mined from the Lower Linda vein started in June. Bitterroot's partner and project operator, Mineral Creek Ventures Inc., has received permits to extract a 5,000 tonne bulk sample from the Linda area and has since produced approximately 620 grams (19.9 troy ounces) of coarse gold from approximately five tonnes of rock. In addition, approximately 270 kilograms of gold-bearing pyrite-rich concentrate of unknown grade remains to be processed. This material is being subjected to additional gravity-based recovery methods prior to the first sale of gold-bearing material, which is expected shortly. Tailings are being stored for future analysis and recovery. In October, Bitterroot and Mineral Creek took delivery of new crushing equipment with a capacity of 1.35 tonnes per hour. This equipment was used to crush the remaining +200 tonnes of mineralized rock extracted from the Linda adit. This material has been moved to the Debbie tunnel, where it will be processed by milling during the winter months. A suitable mill is in the process of being ordered. Mineral Creek Ventures has cleared the site of the Linda adit of mined rock and is prepared to resume mining in the spring of 2009 or as weather conditions allow.
Mr. Michael Becherer, P.Geo is the Qualified Person responsible for the design and implementation of exploration programs on the Mineral Creek project. The drill core from BTT-L55 was logged and sampled by G.A. Price, P. Geo; BTT-L53 and BTT-L54 were logged and sampled by Michael Becherer, P. Geo. Samples were assayed by ALS Chemex in North Vancouver, BC. Analysis consisted of procedure Au-AA 23 and ICP41. If Au was greater than 10ppm then samples were re-assayed by procedure Au-GRA21.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Michael S. Carr
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